All Black Sonny Bill Williams to miss France tests

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Center Sonny Bill Williams will miss New Zealand's three-test rugby series against France this month after sustaining a knee injury.

A spokesman for the Auckland-based Blues Super Rugby team said Friday that Williams aggravated an old injury in training and will undergo surgery to remove a loose bone fragment in the knee joint. He is expected to be sidelined for four weeks.

New Zealand plays France in test matches at Auckland on June 9, Wellington on June 16 and Dunedin on June 23.

Williams was likely to start the first test while fitness doubts linger over midfielder Ryan Crotty, who is recovering from a head injury.

Captain Sam Whitelock is also in doubt for the first test because of a concussion.

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